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John Herman George VEHSLAGE

(1842-1904)

VEHSLAGE, John Herman George, a Representative from New York; born in New York City December 20, 1842; attended the public schools; left school to become a clerk in the retail grocery business; engaged in the coal and wood business; joined the Third Cavalry, New York National Guard, in 1863 and was commissioned a captain by Gov. Horatio Seymour on February 15, 1864; appointed inspector of rifle practice with the rank of captain and continued in service until 1880, when the regiment was mustered out by order of Governor Cornell; remained as supernumerary until November 12, 1883, when he received an honorable discharge from Gov. Grover Cleveland; member of the State assembly 1894-1896; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1899); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1898 to the Fifty-sixth Congress; died in New York City on July 21, 1904; interment in the Lutheran Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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